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Don Cassano Community Room

East Valley Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility

Transportation Center

East Valley Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility (EVBOM) is a 250-bus maintenance/transit facility and is owned and operated by the cities of Tempe and Scottsdale and Valley Metro. The facility includes:

  • 75,600 sq. ft. of maintenance space
  • 7,100 sq. ft. of fuel and wash space
  • 19,650 sq. ft. of administration operations space

EVBOM opened in summer 2007 is located at 2050 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. The cost to build the facility was $46.8 million. Funding for this project included 50% in federal funds and 50% in local funding from the cities of Tempe and Scottsdale and from Prop 400.

EBOM was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.


Sustainable strategies used during the construction:

  • recycled content in all carpet, tile, millwork and ceiling finishes
  • low volatile organic chemical emitting interior paint
  • strategically designed and located windows and natural lighting
  • wood products taken from sustainably harvested and managed forests
  • aggressive construction waste diversion efforts to divert over 98% of the waste generated during construction or roughly 3,300 tons of materials

On-going sustainable practices:

  • highly-reflective roofing membrane for flat roofs
  • oil/water separator to filter storm water run-off
  • metal canopies over buses to reduce heat island effect
  • drought-resistant native landscaping
  • fabric shade canopies
  • bus washer that reclaims and reuses 100% of available water (72% total reclaimed with remaining 28% evaporative or run-off )
  • alternative fuels for bus vehicles (liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas)
  • low flow/dual-operation plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals
  • evaporative cooling/evaporative chilled water cooling system
  • under-floor air distribution system
  • 53% reduction in operating energy usage
  • sensor-activated lighting to reduce energy consumption of artificial light
  • double-pane/low-emissive glazing glass
  • natural lighting in all regularly occupied office spaces decomposed granite parking lot surface 

Tempe Transportation Center is located at 200 E. Fifth Street at the base of A-Mountain and opened in summer 2008. The 40,000 square foot facility has an exterior shaded courtyard and a transit plaza serving light rail and bus patrons. Several bus routes serve the Transportation Center including five free Orbit routes. The ground floor includes retail, transit store, and The Bicycle Cellar (with bike repair, rentals and accessories). The second floor includes the city of Tempe Transportation Office and Don Cassano Community Room. The third floor houses the Traffic Management Center.  The Tempe Transportation Center is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certified building as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council. 

Exterior Interior  Roof

 Strategies used to reduce the energy footprint by 52%: 

  • green vegetated desert roof
  • underfloor air distribution system
  • solar hot water system
  • natural lighting
  • energy efficient emergency electrical generation
  • double-pane/low-emissive glass
  • retractable exterior shade screens
  • operable windows for natural ventilation

On-going sustainable practices in the facility:

  • public transportation
  • regional bike station with secure parking, showers, lockers, services
  • green cleaning and maintenance program
  • water collection and reuse
  • flexible design = 100 year building life
  • green leases for tenant spaces

Strategies supporting a healthy and productive work environment:

  • low emitting paints, sealants, carpets and agrifiber
  • adjustable underfloor air distribution system
  • natural lighting and window views from all regularly occupied offices

Reduced impact on natural resources:

  • rapidly renewable materials
  • construction waste reduced by 94%
  • regional materials
  • no/low emitting paints, sealants, carpets and agrifiber
  • recycled content in carpet, tile, millwork, ceiling finishes no/low emitting paints, sealants, carpets and agrifiber
  • “Reuse & Recycle” signage program
  • innovative stormwater retention and reuse
  • drought resistant native landscaping
  • low flow/dual flush plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals
  • greywater collection and reuse